01-0388R

RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING CRITERIA FOR COUNCIL APPROVAL OF APPOINTEES TO BOARDS, COMMISSIONS AND AUTHORITIES AND REQUESTING THAT THE ADMINISTRATION CONSIDER THESE CRITERIA WHEN MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SUCH APPOINTMENTS.

BY COUNCILOR STEWART:

        WHEREAS, the majority of appointments to boards, commissions and authorities are made by the administration with the approval of the council; and

        WHEREAS, the city council wishes to establish general criteria to be used when considering such appointments; and

        WHEREAS, the city council wishes to inform the administration of said criteria in order to facilitate the approval of recommendations for appointments to boards, commissions and authorities;

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the city council establishes the following general criteria for confirming appointments to boards, commissions and authorities:
        (a)     Geographic representation of all areas of Duluth: to the greatest extent possible, the council desires that board, commission and authority appointees be representative of all areas of Duluth, from eastern, central and western parts of the city;
        (b)     Diversity of ethnicity, age and income: to the greatest extent possible, the council desires that board, commission and authority appointees be representative of diverse ethnicities, ages, and income levels;
        (c)     Gender balance: to the greatest extent possible, the council desires that boards, commissions and authorities consist of relatively equal numbers of men and women;
        (d)     Diversity of thought and expertise: to the greatest extent possible, the council desires that board, commission and authority appointees be representative of a variety of ideological perspectives and a variety of areas of expertise.

        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the council requests that the administration consider these criteria when recommending appointees for council approval, and that the administration attempt to fill all vacancies in a timely manner, and that all applicants be promptly informed of the receipt of their applications and that they be regularly apprized of the status of their applications.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution sets out the criteria the council will use to evaluate candidates for appointment and requests cooperation from the administration.